CFACT makes media waves at COP17 climate talks

CFACT has garnered widespread media attention over the last few days here at the UN climate change conference. After parachuting the truth about Climategate 2.0 onto a Durban beach, CFACT held a press conference with Senator Inhofe and released Climate Depot’s new “A-Z Climate Reality Check” special report.

Read on for a sampling of the resulting media coverage:

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, “Climate Skeptics Parachute into Climate Conference City Waving Climategate 2.0 Banners”:

On Tuesday, a skydiving team from the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) parachuted down on Toti beach, near the city where the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place.

The skydivers carried two signs, one reading “Climategate 2.0 Science Not Settled”, the other “No New Treaty CFACT”. According to a CFACT press release, the dramatic entrance into Durban, South Africa, was to bring attention again to the Climategate 2.0 emails, which were leaked last month.

“The real agenda of the climate alarmists is to promote massively expanded government regulation  worldwide, at the expense of jobs creation and economic growth,” Rucker said. “The policies they advocate will do the greatest harm to the world’s poorest people and ensure that citizens of developing nations have no chance at true freedom and prosperity.”

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The UK Guardian‘s John Vidal, “Climate skeptics parachute in”:

Phew. What would a good COP be without a small band of deniers to act as grit in the oyster of global ambition? Just as it looked as if South Africa might be denied its intellectual cabaret act, in parachuted climate sceptic Lord Monckton on Tuesday. Literally, from 3,000 feet. M’lud and his best friends at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, have lined up Senator Inhofe, Marc Morano, of ClimateDepot.com, and assorted South African free marketeers to talk later today.

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The Irish Times, “Denier taunts forum via video link”:

The most outspoken climate-change denier in the US Congress, Oklahoma Republican senator James Inhofe, has said he was sorry he couldn’t come to Durban to join a party of like-minded colleagues in “celebrating the final nail in the coffin of UN global warming”.

In a recorded video message played yesterday at a press briefing hosted by a Washington-based lobbying group, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, he described this as “good news” – two days before the UN climate conference is due to conclude. Senator Inhofe said climate change was “nothing but a lie” and warned that President Barack Obama and his “left-wing allies” were still trying to impose global warming regulations to allow the US Environmental Protection Agency to control carbon emissions.

Craig Rucker, the committee’s executive director, said his organisation preferred to describe themselves as climate realists and he blamed the “painful and ill-conceived” Kyoto Protocol for pushing up energy prices and causing the “economic turmoil” people were suffering.

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Energy & Environment News’ Greennwire, “Skeptics taunt U.N. delegates, call Durban talks ‘final nail’ in treaty’s coffin”:

 

“The message from Washington to the U.N. delegates in South Africa this week could not be any clearer: You are being ignored,” Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe told negotiators and environmentalists in a small meeting room on the sidelines of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP).

“And you are being ignored,” he added, “by your biggest allies in the United States — that’s President Obama and the Democratic leadership in the Senate.”

Inhofe’s triumphant mood was echoed by the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the skeptic group whose members arrived here yesterday by landing on North Beach in brightly colored parachutes bearing slogans like “Climategate 2.0: Science Not Settled.”

“Climategate” is the name given to the scandal in 2009 in which emails were stolen from a British university and posted to the Internet just ahead of the Copenhagen talks. Skeptics said the emails, written by prominent climate scientists, showed researchers were colluding to manipulate data to show human activities are changing climate patterns. Subsequent independent investigations of those emails found that that was not the case.

A similar bunch of emails surfaced last month, but they appeared to be leftovers from the first event. This is the “Climategate 2.0” referred to on the parachute.

Marc Morano, a former Inhofe staffer who now maintains the skeptic blog Climate Depot, taunted the audience that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, the only candidate for the Republican presidential nomination who had maintained that man-made climate change is occurring, has “bailed,” citing the second batch of emails.

“The only Republican you had hope for has bailed on you,” he said. “So that’s the good, cheery news I bring you.”

Morano was joined on stage by Leon Louw, executive director of South Africa’s Free Market Institute, who said that climate change was inevitable, but could be better dealt with by strong economies run on cheap, high-carbon fuels.

The Kyoto Protocol keeps African countries poor, he said, “and the best that can be done for them is that they can have some kind of alternative way of being poor.”

“What I think anyone who is decent wants to see is for Africa, and Asia, and other poor parts of the world to have cities like New York, Tokyo and Paris,” he said.

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